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  • Islamist militants leave signed note on beheaded corpse in Sinai

    1 week ago

    Residents in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula said on Wednesday they found a beheaded corpse bearing a note signed by an Islamist militant group linked to the Syria and Iraq-based Islamic State, accusing the victim of being an Israeli spy.

    The beheading is the eighth claimed by the group...

  • Facing Islamist threats, Arab nations tilt toward Israel

    3 weeks ago

    Between the war in Gaza and gains by Islamic militants in Iraq, Syria and Libya, there’s plenty of cause these days for pessimism about the Middle East.

    But amid all the fighting, there’s also some good news for Israel.

    If it wasn’t obvious before, the conflagrations have...

  • Could a Hamas-owned SA-11 Buk destroy Israeli air travel?

    By Jared Sichel

    July 28, 2014 | 1:07 pm

    At 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 28, 2002, two men in Kenya propped Russian-made SA-7 “Strela” missile launchers on their shoulders, took aim for a nearby midair Arkia Israel Airlines passenger jet and fired at its 250 passengers.

    Both shots missed.

    At about the same time, 15 miles away in...

  • Obama fiddles while the world burns

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    June 18, 2014 | 10:50 am

    Under President Barack Obama, the world is becoming unglued. Iraq is being overrun by Islamist terrorists, and the United States is now evacuating its Baghdad embassy. The Arab Spring has led to either civil war and mass slaughter, as in Syria, or new Arab dictators, as in Egypt....

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  • White House: U.S. federal system can handle Benghazi suspect

    June 17, 2014 | 2:28 pm

    The White House said on Tuesday the U.S. criminal justice system could prosecute the captured suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and that he would be questioned for intelligence.

    The comments came in response to criticism...

  • Benghazi suspect Khatallah to be tried in the U.S. court system, not Guantanamo

    June 17, 2014 | 10:19 am

    The suspect in the 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, who was captured over the weekend, will be tried in U.S. courts, U.S. officials told Reuters.

    The decision to do so is in line with President Barack Obama's policy of bringing suspected militants...

  • Obama: Benghazi suspect will face ‘full weight’ of U.S. justice system

    June 17, 2014 | 9:46 am

    President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the recently captured suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, would face the "full weight" of the U.S. justice system.

    In a statement released by the White House,...

  • U.S. captures suspected ringleader of 2012 attack in Benghazi

    June 17, 2014 | 9:38 am

    The United States said on Tuesday it had captured a suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, a raid that killed four Americans including the U.S. ambassador and ignited a political firestorm in Washington.

    President Barack Obama...

  • U.S. House committee subpoenas Kerry over Benghazi

    May 2, 2014 | 10:07 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives' Oversight Committee has issued a subpoena for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify at a May 21 public hearing concerning the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the committee said on Friday.

    Committee Chairman Darrell Issa...

  • Will Russia pay dearly for the invasion of Ukraine?

    March 5, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intention is to spark a civil war in Ukraine, even though he acts under the guise of Russia’s right to protect ethnic Russians and Russian-speaking Ukrainian citizens.  The Upper House of Russian Parliament gave Putin authority to move the armed...

  • For African migrants in Israel, a life in legal limbo

    August 20, 2013 | 11:00 am

    Hanging by his feet in a torture cell in the Sinai Desert, Dawit Demoz knew he had only one way to escape a nearly certain death: He would have to make good on his captors’ demand of a $3,500 ransom to buy his freedom.

    Demoz, 23, tells a harrowing tale of escaping mandatory...

  • Producer of anti-Muslim film released from L.A. prison

    August 15, 2013 | 9:30 am

    The producer of the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims,” which sparked violence in the Middle East and elsewhere, was released from a Los Angeles prison.

    Mark Basseley Youssef, 55, of Los Angeles, was released to a halfway house to serve the remaining weeks of his prison term....

  • Rice: Attacks on Israel at UN undercut peace

    May 10, 2013 | 9:24 am

    The barrage of attacks on Israel at the United Nations undercuts the quest for peace, said Susan Rice, the U.S. envoy to the body.

    "At its best, the U.N. does extraordinary things such as: keep the peace, help save untold civilians from Qaddafi in Libya, midwife the new nation of...

  • Senate panel sets Tuesday vote on Hagel nomination

    February 11, 2013 | 10:58 am

    A U.S. Senate panel plans to vote on Tuesday afternoon on the bitterly contested nomination of Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense, the committee said on Monday.

    Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which must approve...

  • Yemeni security forces on highest alert after Al-Qa’ida targets U.S. ambassador

    January 7, 2013 | 2:43 pm

    Yemeni and US embassy officials went on high alert recently after Al-Qa'ida offered a bounty to kill US ambassador to Sana'a Gerald Feierstein or any American soldier in the country.

    American officials were said to be determined not to allow a repeat of the attack on the US...

  • Al-Qaida places bounty on head of Jewish U.S. envoy to Yemen

    December 31, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Al-Qaida in Yemen has placed a bounty on the head of the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa, Gerald Feierstein.

    In a message posted on terrorist websites, al-Qaida offered three kilograms worth of gold, or about $160,000, to anyone who kills the ambassador, who is Jewish.

    The group also...

  • Obama to nominate Kerry for sec. of state

    December 21, 2012 | 9:45 am

    President Obama is set to nominate Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as secretary of state.

    A White House official said Obama would make the announcement Friday afternoon.

    Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, chairs the Senate Foreign Relations committee and would likely be...

  • Rice pulls name from State Dept. bid

    December 13, 2012 | 4:39 pm

    Susan Rice, the front-runner to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as U.S. secretary of state, dropped her bid for the post.

    Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was caught up in a controversy over her explanation of the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi,...

  • Lieberman: No problem with Rice

    November 29, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Departing U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman said he would not object to the nomination of Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, as secretary of state.

    Tuesday's apparent endorsement by Lieberman (I-Conn.) of Rice is largely symbolic, as he is retiring as senator and likely...

  • A week on the Florida campaign trail

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 24, 2012 | 11:07 am

    Day One: Departing Israel

    Spending a week in Florida on the eve of a presidential election has become a habit for me — one I cherish. Meeting the elderly women who suddenly become interested in politics; attending synagogues, to which the candidates flock in droves to speak;...

  • Obama, Romney clash over foreign policy in last debate

    October 22, 2012 | 7:36 pm

    President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney clashed over U.S. military strength and how to deal with crises in the Middle East in a third and final debate on Monday as polls showed them in deadlock two weeks before the Nov. 6 election.

    With one last chance for...

  • Foreign policy: In favor of Romney

    October 17, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    [Related: In favor of Obama]

    Mitt Romney likes to recount a conversation he had with Shimon Peres, the president of Israel, back when he was governor of Massachusetts. Peres told him that “America is unique in the history of the world for its willingness to sacrifice so many...

  • Foreign policy: In favor of Obama

    October 17, 2012 | 11:59 am

    [Related: In favor of Romney]

    In debates over which candidate, Mitt Romney or Barack Obama, most supports Israel, many have made the case, including in the Journal, that the president’s staunchly pro-Israel policies speak for themselves. This debate must also include a broader...

  • Who’s winning the foreign policy debate?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 17, 2012 | 11:42 am

    It is often assumed that foreign policy is a field in which deeds matter more than words. But looking at the two presidential candidates in the 2012 election cycle, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, one might end up with the opposite impression: It is words, not...

  • Gaza terrorists fire shoulder-launched missile at Israeli helicopter

    October 17, 2012 | 10:02 am

    Palestinian terrorists in Gaza launched an anti-aircraft missile at an Israeli Air Force helicopter.

    It is believed to be the first time that the Strela shoulder-launched surface-to-air missile was used against an Israeli aircraft. The missile fired last week missed its target --...

  • Romney casts Obama’s foreign policy as weak, dangerous

    October 8, 2012 | 11:29 am

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered a sweeping critique on Monday of President Barack Obama's handling of threats in the Middle East, saying Obama's lack of leadership had made the volatile region more dangerous.

    In what his campaign called a major foreign...

  • Ahead of debate, Romney calls Obama weak on foreign policy

    October 1, 2012 | 10:40 am

    Republican challenger Mitt Romney launched a fresh attempt on Monday to paint President Barack Obama as weak on foreign policy, saying he has let U.S. leadership atrophy, while the two candidates prepared for Wednesday's critical first debate.

    Romney's aides said the weak U.S....

  • Opinion: Islamic leaders must call out hatemongers

    September 25, 2012 | 9:43 am

    In 1935, a trial was held in Bern, Switzerland, in which two individuals were being prosecuted for distributing the notorious anti-Semitic document “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.” At the trial, witness after witness came forward testifying to the fraudulent nature of...

  • Clinton forms panel to investigate Benghazi attack

    September 20, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday she was forming a panel to investigate the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. officials.

    The panel, whose creation is generally required by...

  • Romney’s Libya comments landed with a thud, according to poll

    September 18, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was the loser in a political fight over U.S. reaction to attacks last week on American diplomatic compounds in Libya and Egypt, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Tuesday.

    Four in 10 U.S. voters felt less favorably toward Romney after...

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